June 11, 2013

My Top Ten Masters of Horror

Although I tend to think of horror movie directors as little more than the hired helm of a short term business, there are a few whose names crop up so regularly that they must be doing something right. Of course, there are many "hacks" whose names crop up just as regularly, but I'm not even going to go there.

For the purpose of this list, I'm going to give credit where it's due for being the least annoying bosses in the history of bosses, and arrange these "Masters of Horror" by the quantity and quality of their products which have entertained me over the years. Very few could ever be classed as auteurs, but make of them what you will.

By necessity, and the fact that the word "Masters" is a masculine noun, I'm going to confine my top ten to men. If you have a problem with that, get back in the kitchen!

1. John Carpenter

Halloween (1978)
The Fog (1980)
The Thing (1982)
Christine (1983)
In the Mouth of Madness (1994)

2. Wes Craven

The Hills Have Eyes (1977)
A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
The People Under the Stairs (1991)

3. Terence Fisher

The Curse of Frankenstein (1957)
Horror of Dracula (1958)
Frankenstein Created Woman (1967)

4. George A. Romero

Dawn of the Dead (1978)
Monkey Shines (1988)

5. Jacques Tourneur

Cat People (1942)
The Leopard Man (1943)
Curse of the Demon (1957)

6. Tobe Hooper

Poltergeist (1982)
Lifeforce (1985)

7. Roger Corman

Tales of Terror (1962)
The Haunted Palace (1963)
The Tomb of Ligeia (1964)

8. Lucky McKee

May (2002)
The Woman (2011)

9. Rob Zombie

Halloween II (2009)

10. Clive Barker

Hellraiser (1987)

Agree? Disagree? I don't really care because these are my choices not yours.

Feel free to create your own "Top Ten Masters of Horror" on your own blog though.

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